Franck Gérard – En l’état
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Franck Gérard – En l’état

by Loco


” 1+1 = 3. It’s written on the window of a women’s underwear store presenting, hanging on clotheslines, pretty little panties. For the price of two, you get three. And in front of the window, an elderly couple observes this offer which, at first sight, was not addressed to them but which nevertheless fascinates them. It’s a photo of Franck Gérard. It’s all him. A situation that could have been staged but which is very real, well framed, clear, without any headaches, just delightful.” Jean Blaise

En l’état is an evolving work, a work in progress, begun on July 13, 1999 after Franck Gérard almost died. Since that date, the artist’s photographic practice has radically changed: the image has become a vital, incessant act, and the thousands of photographs accumulated have come to constitute a state of seeing the world, also posing a state of the world. The notion of abundance, of too many images, asserts a presence in the world based on perception.
Through an observation as methodical as hazardous of the real, linked to the wandering of the artist in the public space, Franck Gerard captures situations, without apriori nor preliminary: offering just “what he sees”.
More of an observer than an interventionist, the photographer’s eye draws up, territory after territory, city after city, a veritable lexicon with a universal vocation where the slightest incongruous gesture, the slightest banal or extraordinary situation, the slightest incident, are listed as so many states constituting our daily life, and through it, the very movement of the world as it goes, as it is.

21 authors were invited by the artist to react to this photographic set:

Dominique A, Philippe Bazin, Jean-Christophe Béchet, Jean Blaise, Ronan Bouroullec, Blandine Chavanne, Gilles Clément, Julie Corteville, Olivier Delavallade, Françoise de Maulde, Raymond Depardon, François Hébel, Jean-Yves Jouannais, Jacques Leenhardt, Laurent Le Bon, David Moinard, Jean-Luc Moulène, Michel Poivert, Mélanie Rio, Guy Tortosa, Felice Varini.

SKU: FIS-BOK-021 Category:

Publisher: Loco
Release: July 2020
Width: 17 cm
Height: 24 cm
Pages: 416 pages, about 350 four-color reproductions

Additional information

Dimensions 17 × 24 cm


Loco, né au printemps 2008 de l’association d’Éric Cez et d’Anne Zweibaum, met tout en oeuvre pour réaliser des livres exigeants dans le domaine de la photographie et de l’art mais aussi dans le champ des sciences sociales.

Chaque ouvrage est conçu et fabriqué avec une attention toute particulière : un livre est unique et doit traduire, dans son fond, dans sa forme, la particularité d’un propos, d’une oeuvre, d’une aventure humaine. L’image — et la photographie en particulier — occupe une place prépondérante dans notre production. Avec plus de 100 titres à notre catalogue, nous développons plusieurs axes, de la monographie de photographe à l’ouvrage plus généraliste.

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